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8 Pointed Star of Christ

Did you know the eight-pointed star is the Star of Christ?

The horizontal and vertical points denote the cross, and the other diagonal, the blessings of the infinite atonement: the only way back to the Father and a fullness of joy.

John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

3 Nephi 27:13-21 is the best summary in all of holy writ as to what is “My gospel.” We will all be “lifted up” to be judged of our “works, whether the be good or whether they be evil.”

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, we celebrate the life of Hm who is, “the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)

I believe the Lord inspired us to put the eight pointed star on the cover of my book, It’s About Time, that we might invite the world to come to Christ.

Healthy Habits – Spiritual Well-Being

Sometimes, when we are ailing physically, we may not tend to pay attention to our spiritual well-being and treasures in heaven.  We may ignore the Lord’s most important counsel: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33)  Laying up treasures in heaven should be our first priority.  My great-grandmother, Christiana Christensdatter Petersen Twede was such a great example to me of one who laid up treasures in heaven.

Christiana was Born in Denmark

Christiana was born in 1835.  She loved helping take care of her father’s sheep on the green hills near their home in Oudrup, Denmark.  Her father would give her a coin for her help.  Her siblings would spend theirs, but Christiana saved hers in a special box.  Her father would tease as he bounced her on his knee, “Whatever will you do with all that money?”

She replied, “I will save it all.  I don’t know why, but someday I will need it!”  He said she was such a good girl.
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Healthy Habits Healing-Body, Mind, Heart and Soul


How do we learn “Healthy Habits?”  I will share what my eighty-two years have taught me, which has been most helpful for me.  At the end of this blog article, I will summarize my daily return.

How I dealt with my Heart Attack.

Loving to learn from a child as well as from a professor requires humility with a desire to receive the truth with joy from whatever source is one of my passions in life.  Then knowing that the Greatest Scientist is God and in His perfection, He is the greatest in any discipline we can imagine.  Ultimately, learning from Him is the way, the truth, and the life, and the only way to know what we learn from others is TRUE, as it resonates with body, mind, heart, and soul.

Pleasing God, is My Ultimate Passion.

Pleasing God is my ultimate passion.  As I retire each night in gratitude for His numberless blessings in my life, I ask to be protected from evil influences and to be taught by His angels who speak the words of Christ to my mind that I may know His will in my life – how I can help Him in his work, which is to bring souls to Christ, and what He would have me do the following day to best help Him in His work.  I then get up and do it with enthusiasm, and in doing so I find peace and joy.  At the same time, He knows I need to nurture body, mind, heart, and soul with appropriate exercises for all four dimensions of our beings.

As with all of us, I have had several challenges in my life to body, mind, heart, and soul.  Learning that life’s challenges are growth opportunities is a major step in coming to know God, which is eternal life.  Being grateful for them is hard, but most beneficial.  I have felt to share, as appropriate, how I have overcome some of these challenges – desiring to help you and yours.  If you see any in the list below that are appropriate for your needs or someone you love, my prayer is that what I share will help you overcome as well.  Christ overcame all things.  In Him, we have our ultimate hope in helping us overcome as well.
The Lord has designed our bodies miraculously to be self-healing if we will do our part in taking care of and nurturing properly body, mind, heart, and soul.

The following are sixteen physical challenges the Lord has helped me overcome.   I will cover them in sequential blog posts. Here we only deal with heart attack.

Sixteen Physical Challenges

  1. Heart Attack
  2. Stroke
  3. Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  4. Arrhythmia (life-threatening according to the Dr.)
  5. Arteriosclerosis
  6. Arthritis
  7. Debilitating back injury
  8. Blood circulation problems
  9. Constipation problems
  10. Dementia
  11. Eye-sight degeneration
  12. Knee injury
  13. Overweight challenges
  14. Cancer
  15. Prostate challenges; and
  16. Excessive epistaxis (nosebleeds).

Heart Attack

I had a heart attack on the 1st of August, 2016. Stress is the number one killer, and I learned that my heart attack was caused by stress. The adrenal gland naturally secretes g-strophanthin to deal with exercise stress on the heart, but excess emotional stress can impede its release.  Thanks to my youngest son, Nathan, he found an article on by Dr. Thomas Cowan entitled, “What’s the Real Cause of Heart Attacks?” His article described my situation perfectly.  For some time now I have been taking a supplement that I get through my health-care practitioner from Dr. Cohen, which compensates when your body doesn’t produce enough g-strophanthin; it is Strophanthus Seed Extract, and I am now building back my cardio-vascular strength as I ride my mountain bike regularly.  The two links highlighted in this paragraph above are worth reading if you have any heart issues.

Daily Healthy Habits

I believe the first law of heaven is stated by the Savior in Luke 10:25-27: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thy self.”  Matthew quotes Jesus further saying that on these two commandments, “Hang all the law and the prophets.”  In other words, all other commandments and gospel teachings depend on living these two commandments.
In my morning prayer, after the Lord has taught me during the night, I ask the Lord how I can best implement the Law of Love, and then let Him put in my mind those things that I can best do.
I then do my morning exercise routine (covered in my book) by listening to the Book of Mormon in French.  Then during the day, I read from the New Testament the “Come Follow-Me” program along with my wife.  I am now also reading Rob Kay’s “Voices From The Dust,” his adaptations showing the Hebraisms in the Book of Mormon, which I find very uplifting and inspiring.

Filling My Day

Then my day is filled with whatever activities, I feel the Lord wants me to do – including being a good steward over what the Lord has given, how I or we can be of service, take advantage of ministering opportunities, and we usually go to the temple weekly . Laughter is free medicine; be sure and get at least a daily dose.

If we don’t have other activities planned, we enjoy watching a good movie together, which is harder and harder to find. We often return to some of the classics that we always enjoy.

Life is good, and we rejoice in anticipation of the Lord’s Coming. We have been blessed with a wonderful family and friends and a rich heritage in this Land of Liberty. We are indebted to a loving Lord, whose mercy is ever there for us.

David W. Allan

P.S. Follow the Healthy Habits Series:
Healthy Habits: 1 Mind, Heart and Soul
Healthy Habits: 2 Healing, Recovery from a Stroke
Healthy Habits :3  Arrhythmia Solution
Healthy Habits: 4: Failing Eyesight and Blood
Healthy Habits 5: Healing Back Pain
Healthy Habits 6: Healthy Bones
Healthy Habits 7: Spiritual Well-being
Healthy Habits 8: Controlling Hypertension
Healthy Habits 9: Healing 8 Health Challenges


Energy used when Bicycling

Energy to ride a bike

Work is force times distance.  When pedaling a bike, if you pedal too fast, you use too much energy moving your legs.  If you pedal too slowly, in the limit, you can have all the force in the world, but if you don’t move the pedal, you get no work, which means no energy is expended bicycling.  Studies show that pedaling at about 80 rpm is about optimum.

Interestingly, the distance from the bicycle pedal to the hub axle is seven inches, which is the same as the standard rise on stairs.  I have an oval front gear on the awesome mountain bike my family gave me for my 81st birthday.  It gives me about 20% more torque where I need it when climbing steep hills.  It is an amazing climbing machine.

I had a great ride

Today, 27 April 2019, was a beautiful spring day, and I did a 725 feet vertical climb with my weight and the bikes at about 200 lb. that is 145,000 of work, which is equivalent to 47 food Calories of energy.  Wind resistance and rolling friction will add a few percentage points to that.

Calories used in riding

About 20% of metabolism is used to run your brain and another about 20% gets turned into mechanical energy to pump your bicycle.  The rest of the energy is used for evaporative cooling of your body and to run the rest of the body functions.

So I needed nearly 250 food Calories of energy to climb that hill.  If it took me an hour to climb it then I would be dissipating about 55 watts of power.  No wonder I got up a sweat.

Riding a road bike on the level at a good speed causes you to mainly work against air resistance, so the work done is about the same.  One needs to consume about 250 to 500 Calories per hour to fuel your ride.  A food Calorie is 1000 times a thermetric calorie.  Fat is the best source of energy; one pound fat is about 4,000 Calories.  One of these small calories can heat one gram of water one degree Centigrade.  A gram is one cubic centimeter of water.  Amazingly, one pound of fat will take about ten pounds of water to boiling!  A lot of stored energy there.

May is National Bicyclist Month

According to the League of American Bicyclists , “May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.”

I have written a blog article showing the efficiency and great benefits of bicycling.  No pollution J, great benefits.  Thank you family for buying me an awesome bike to enjoy nature, commune with the Lord, and make my body younger.

Planting Seeds and a Fullness of Joy

You have heard, “You can count the seeds in an apple, but you cannot count the apples in a seed!”  Implicit in this statement is the infinite nature of the universe.  In the spring we plant our seeds in the garden and then after nourishing them and watering them we observe the miracle as they produce perhaps 100-fold after their own kind.

Like the parable of the mustard seed, we plant seeds of faith, and as they are nourished we grow in understanding of God’s marvelous ways, of His infinite love, of His Son’s infinite atonement, which gives full purpose to all of humanity and a hope for a fullness of joy in the eternities.

A husband and wife have the sacred privilege of planting seeds and having precious children in a healthy, happy, family setting.  We come to understand that the family is the most important unit in time and eternity, that family is the order in heaven, and that we can be an eternal family and receive a fullness of joy.  Hence, God has asked us to call Him, Father in Heaven.

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Why Pain and Suffering if God is Perfect?


Why does God allow all the evil in the world?  (Isaiah 45:7) 

Why all the pain and suffering?  None of the great thinkers of the ages have come up with the answers to these questions. C.S. Lewis, after going through his own apostasy from Christianity, may have come the closest — becoming one of Christianity’s most avid advocates.

As Lewis considered the Christ, he concluded that

only two views of this man are possible. Either he was a raving lunatic of an unusually abominable type, or else He was, and is, precisely what He said. There is no middle way. If the records make the first hypothesis unacceptable, you must submit to the second. And if you do that, all else that is claimed by Christians becomes credible — that this Man, having been killed, was yet alive, and that His death, in some manner incomprehensible to human thought, has effected a real change. . . in our favour.1

After gaining his deep appreciation for Christianity, in regard to evil, pain, and the suffering that come with life, Lewis poignantly states that if you “Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, . . .you find that you have excluded life itself.”1


Albert Schweitzer — considered by some to be the greatest humanitarian and one of the greatest thinkers of the last century

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The IEEE Highest Scientific Award – David W Allan

Davids awardThe IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the biggest scientific publishing house in the world, and the special issue celebrating the 50th year of the Allan variance came out 4 April 2016 is an awesome issue. They had three guest editors for it along with the regular editor.

All by itself, I felt greatly honored by the nomination letter submitted by the who’s who in international time and frequency to the IEEE, let alone be chosen to receive their highest award in recognition of my work.

On May 10th, 2016, my wife, Edna,  and I  had an amazing experience in Nor’lens (New Orleans). This annual symposium was the 70th providing for the international community the best in atomic-clock and precision timing research results.
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Standing an Egg on Its End – Exciting Science With an Egg

standing-egg-on-endStanding an egg on it’s end is an good example of the UFT (United Field Theory) you can experiment with. You can be a scientist in your own kitchen and improve on Einstein.

About a hundred years ago, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves. Einstein was working on the UFT before he died, but did not finish the work. Many have been working on it since, and there has been major progress with no actual proof….that is until now!

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Everyone Can Understand GPS

Learn How GPS Works in Five Minutes!

Get Ready to Paint a Picture in Your Mind

GPS Satellites Around The Earth
GPS Satellites Around The Earth

Think in your minds eye that you can look up into the sky and see three GPS satellites in very different parts of the heavens.  Think further that you have three looooooooooooooong measuring sticks that are able to reach out from you to each of the three satellites, so that you have a way of measuring the distance to each of them.

The picture you have is an upside down tripod with you at the focal point, and with each of the three GPS satellites at the end of each stick.  This, of course, is totally absurd in practice, but there is a fascinating way to do the equivalent that is practical using the speed of light as your measuring stick.  If you are traveling in your car at 60 miles per hour (~90 kph), and you travel for an hour, you know the distance you have traveled is 60 miles.

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Come to Christ and Conquer Satan

How Does The Great Deceiver Work?

Living in the most exciting time in the history of the Earth and the great deceiver knowing it is his last hour, it behooves us to know his tactics that we are not deceived.  Some of the subtlest lies being perpetrated are, “There is no devil.”   And, “In our sophisticated society people are not possessed by devils; that is a New Testament thing.”

We live in the day of the great division: Those who are humble followers of Christ and those otherwise.  Satan, unfortunately, is having massive success with “those otherwise,” who are not so wise as to the subtleness of Satan!  Satan will do anything to turn us away from Christ or to keep us from coming to Him.

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